14 November 2017, Bonn, Germany

At COP23, the United Nations Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI) released a report on Climate Partnerships for a Sustainable Future Report: An overview of South-South cooperation on Climate Change in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.

The report highlights the role that South-South cooperation on climate change can play in addressing climate change challenges and advancing climate mitigation and adaptation actions.

The study focuses on providing an initial overview of the multitude of initiatives relating to South-South cooperation on climate change that is being undertaken by various developing countries and international organizations including multinational development banks, as well as those that are supported by the United Nations system. Developing countries can benefit significantly from Southern climate partnerships that can address climate change and help achieve sustainable development.

A crucial focus is placed on how cooperation in the thematic areas like energy, agriculture, buildings, transportation, water, health including others can provide practical examples of South-South cooperation on climate change and can boost climate action and sustainable development.

Continuing a step further, the report outlines how different modalities of Southern climate cooperation are contributing to the environmental dimensions of South-South cooperation.

Additionally different types of South-South climate change cooperation led by the United Nations Member States and international, intergovernmental and regional organizations are discussed in the report.

South-South cooperation on climate change has gained momentum in the past few decades, with the global south engaging through the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and the provision of human, technical and financial resources. Many developing countries and international organizations have integrated climate change strategies and policies by adopting sustainable, low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development pathways, and by engaging other countries and other stakeholders with development needs. There is huge potential for South-South cooperation on climate change today and in the future to complement the support of developed countries.

The international community and the United Nations can play an important role to promote, coordinate and facilitate Southern climate cooperation, particularly in regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation needs, further unleashing its potential for the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

The report can be found here.